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School of Performing Arts

  • The MSUM School of Performing Arts brings together students and faculty who share a passion for the arts and provides opportunities for creativity, scholarship, and real world experience. The School of Performing Arts honors tradition while embracing innovation to deliver rigorous and progressive programs. This helps our students realize their potential as passionate leaders in their creative work and develops their talents into a career—and life—in the world of the arts.

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  • School of Performing Arts News
    • MSUM Alumnus’ Choir Spreads Hope Through Song
      By Meghan Feir Walker As a choral director for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) on Sigonella Naval Air Station outside of […]
    • Dr. Williams creates online tour of MSUM Percussion Studio for local teachers
      MSUM School of Performing Arts Professor Dr. Kenyon Williams was asked by a local elementary school teacher if he’d be […]
    • McKenna Togstad presents on Broadway’s impact at the online Student Academic Conference
      Theatre student McKenna Togstad has been passionate about Broadway theatre since she was 11 years. Now, the MSUM senior and […]
    • Join the new Dragon Drumline this fall
      MSUM is excited to announce the formation of the new Dragon Drumline in the fall of 2020! As registration begins, […]
    • It’s almost summer!
      Just kidding! But it's time to plan your Summer 2020 schedule now.
    • MSUM choirs concert
      March 3 | 7:30 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium MSUM choirs perform in Glasrud Auditorium in Weld Hall.
    • Flamenco Vivo-Carlota Santana brings the heat
      Saturday, Feb. 1 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre
    • Juried Film & Animation Exhibition
      Saturday, Dec. 14 | 7 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium, Weld Hall The School of Media Arts & Design presents a […]
    • MSUM String Ensemble performance
      Sunday, Dec. 8 | 4 p.m. | Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead The MSUM String Ensemble performs Sunday, Dec. 8, at […]
    • Music Theatre Ensemble with Solfire
      Friday, Nov. 22 | 7:30 p.m. | Gaede Stage The University Music Series presents the Music Theatre Ensemble with Solfire […]
    • MSUM Percussion Ensemble performs at International Percussion Convention in Indiana
      The MSUM Percussion Ensemble, under the direct of Dr. Kenyon Williams, will perform this evening at the Percussive Arts Society […]
    • MSUM Musical Theatre students participated in MN-NATS competition
      Six MSUM Musical Theatre students participated in the 2019 Minnesota National Association of Teachers of Singing (MN-NATS) competition at St. […]
    • MSUM Concert Choir to perform at state conference this weekend
      The MSUM Concert Choir has been invited to perform November 15-17th at the state conference of the Minnesota Chapter of […]
    • MSUM University Music Series presents: Guitar Ensembles
      Wednesday, Nov. 6 | 7:30 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium, Weld Hall The MSUM University Music Series presents a concert featuring […]
    • MSUM Jazz Ensemble performs tonight
      Monday, Nov. 4 | 7:30 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium in Weld Hall The University Music Series presents the MSUM Jazz […]
    • MSUM’s Fuego Tropical World Music Ensemble Presents: “A Night of Heavy Metal: Steelbands and Gamelan!”
      Friday, Nov. 1 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre The MSUM Percussion Ensemble will present their fall 2019 concert with […]
    • MSUM Choirs concert
      Friday, Oct. 25 | 7:30 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium (Weld Hall) The MSUM Choirs will perform music of André Thomas, […]
    • Kim-Grisé-Lamb Trio
      Tuesday, Oct. 29 | 7:30 p.m. | Gaede Stage The Kim-Grisé-Lamb Trio (Jeehyun Kim, piano; Tiana Grisé, flute; Earnest Lamb, […]
    • Wind Ensemble concert
      Thursday, Oct. 10 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre MSUM Wind Ensemble performs in Hansen Theatre Thursday, Oct. 10, at […]
    • ‘Alone/Together’ Faculty Percussion Recital
      Wednesday, Oct. 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Gaede Stage Join Dr. Kenyon Williams as he presents “Alone/Together,” a faculty percussion […]
  • Benefits of an MSUM School of Performing Arts Degree
    The School of Performing Arts faculty features impressive artistic and scholarly credentials, with an emphasis on active professional performance, ongoing research and a strong commitment to teaching. Faculty members participate with community and nationwide groups including: The Stage, Theatre B, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and Fargo-Moorhead Opera company. They perform solo recitals, concerts and play in many local jazz and commercial bands.
    The School of Performing Arts facilities include more than 25 practice rooms, Fox Recital Hall, Glasrud Auditorium, Hansen Theatre, Gaede Stage and three recording studios. As a student in the School of Performing Arts, you’ll have 24-hour access to the building in order to practice when it fits your schedule.
    MSUM has a rich history as a prestigious teaching college, and continues to highly value educating teachers, who help us fulfill our purpose of transforming the world by transforming lives.
    Joining one of MSUM’s 11 vocal and instrumental ensembles will broadly expand your performance repertoire and help you grow your skills as a performer. Music students have opportunities to perform in ensemble concerts, in chamber groups, and in solo recitals, including monthly department recitals.
    The MSUM University Theatre Series includes several mainstage productions, two annual dance concerts and many student-directed and/or created pieces each year. The mainstage productions involve students from across campus who participate as performers and technicians.
    Countless opportunities to collaborate across the School of Performing Arts, as well as within the School of Teaching and Learning, allow for enhanced learning and communication, giving you a well-rounded, versatile education.
    Learning Opportunities Outside the Classroom

    MSUM’s School of Performing Arts offers a unique and wide selection of learning opportunities to give you a well-rounded educational experience. You will gain professional-level experiences participating in ensembles, theatre productions, organizations and conferences.

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  • Careers & Outcomes
    The School of Performing Arts graduates enjoy rich and varied careers in theatre, music, education and arts industries.
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